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Celebrating World Marriage Day

Restatement of Vows

Couples (please face each other and repeat after the celebrant):

Husbands:  I have taken you ________, to be my wife.

I promise to be true to you in the good times and in bad, in sickness and in health. I will love you and honor you all the days of my life.

Wives: I have taken you,  ________, to be my husband.

I promise to be true to you in the good times and in bad, in sickness and in health. I will love you and honor you all the days of my life.

World Marriage Day honors husband and wife as head of the family, the basic unit of society. It salutes the beauty of their faithfulness, sacrifice, struggles and joy in daily, married life.

The idea of celebrating marriage nationally began in Baton Rouge in 1981, when couples encouraged the mayor, governor, and bishop to proclaim St. Valentine’s Day as “We Believe in Marriage Day”. The event was so successful that the idea was adopted by Worldwide Marriage Encounter’s national leadership. By 1982, 43 governors proclaimed the day, and celebrations spread to U.S. military bases in several foreign countries. In 1983, the name was changed to “World Marriage Day”, designated to be celebrated each year on the second Sunday in February. WMD celebrations continue to spread to more countries and faith expressions every year.

The World Marriage Day Symbol speaks of the role and values of marriage. Husband and wife are symbolically seen as two candle-like figures, as a reminder that married love calls married couples to help enlighten the world. The couple is joined by a heart, focusing on love as the power that fosters unity within the couple and generates the capacity to be life-giving and inspire others to fruitfulness and unity.

The theme for WMD has been permanently adopted as “Love One Another”. This phrase is the commandment given to us by Jesus in John 15:12. It speaks to married couples in a simple but challenging way of how our Good and Gracious God who gave this gift to them, wishes them to live.

Loving one another is a daily decision—simple but challenging, and more likely to endure when the couple prays together, keeping God as the center of their lives. Praying together can bring the couple closer to each other and deeply reinforce their relationship with God.

Snow day update for Daily Mass

We still have a few more months of winter, so this is a reminder that when Boston Public Schools are closed, there is no morning Mass. Many thanks! Stay updated here on Facebook and at stmarystcatherine.org.

Works of mercy on the road of the Jubilee

Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for Lent 2016

“I desire mercy, and not sacrifice” (Mt 9:13).

1. Mary, the image of a Church which evangelizes because she is evangelized.

In the Bull of Indiction of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, I asked that “the season of Lent in this Jubilee Year be lived more intensely as a privileged moment to celebrate and experience God’s mercy” (Misericordiae Vultus, 17). By calling for an attentive listening to the word of God and encouraging the initiative “24 Hours for the Lord”, I sought to stress the primacy of prayerful listening to God’s word, especially his prophetic word. The mercy of God is a proclamation made to the world, a proclamation which each Christian is called to experience at first hand. For this reason, during the season of Lent I will send out Missionaries of Mercy as a concrete sign to everyone of God’s closeness and forgiveness.

Continue reading Works of mercy on the road of the Jubilee

Charlestown Infant & Toddler Fair

See the flier here for more information!

Pope Francis journeys to Mexico

Follow the journey of His Holiness Pope Francis to Mexico on 12-18 February at ctv.va and vatican.va, and also look for coverage with CatholicTV.com!

Celebrate Black History Month

Come join St. Katharine Drexel Parish and the RCAB Office for Black Catholic Ministries on Sunday, February 7 as we celebrate Black History Month. The celebration will begin with Holy Mass at 11:30 a.m. with a reception to follow. It will take place at St. Katharine Drexel Parish, 517 Blue Hill Avenue, Grove Hall, Ma.  For more information, please contact Lorna DesRoses at Ldesroses@rcab.org.

News from Little Sisters of the Poor

Residential applications, job openings, and volunteer opportunities

Little Sisters of the Poor, 186 Highland Avenue in Somerville, is accepting applications for their Rest Home for potential residents with limited assets. Contact Mary Segalla at 617-776-4420, extension 317, or please send an email to smsocialservices@littlesistersofthepoor.org.

LSOP is also looking for CNAs for all shifts, part-time and full-time. Please call 617-776-4420, extension 318, or send an email to smhumanresources@littlesistersofthepoor.org.

Also wanted: musical talent willing to volunteer a bit of their time and talent. If interested, please contact Gina at 617-776-4420, extension 306, or smactivities@littlesistersofthepoor.org.

Warm clothes, warm hearts

Your donations will bring comfort to those who must endure the cold.

With winter finally here, the Parish will be accepting donations of new or used hats, gloves, scarves, and mittens for adults and children in need.

The donations will be distributed to shelters in the immediate area. A drop-off bin will be located at the rear of the Church. Please stop by to donate! Ace Hardware in the Bunker Hill Mall Shopping Center will also have a donation bin located inside the store.

Many thanks to parishioners for your customary generosity!

Rosary on February on Saturday, February 6 at 9AM

Each first Saturday of the month, parishioners gather in the Parish Center before the Blessed Sacrament to pray for peace. Included in our time is also an opportunity to recite the rosary. Please plan to join us for this time of prayer. It is a longstanding tradition to dedicate the Saturdays of each month to Our Blessed Mother, and for people to gather together to pray the Rosary. In praying the Rosary, we reflect on the various mysteries of the life of Jesus and Mary. At each apparition, Mary has enjoined us to recite the Rosary, praying especially for peace; and she has made promises to and outlined benefits for those who do so.

Knowledge of how to recite the rosary and having a rosary are not required.

One-day retreats for hope and healing

During the Year of Mercy, Project Rachel extends a special invitation to women suffering from the pain of abortion to experience God’s Mercy at a one-day retreat for hope and healing. Retreats will held at confidential locations on Saturday February 20, March 19 and June 4.

Referrals for sacramental reconciliation to specially trained priests are also available throughout the year. For more information, contact Project Rachel at 508.651.3100 or help@projectrachelboston.com.

Come and Experience God’s Loving Mercy

One Day Retreat for Hope & Healing After Abortion Winter/Spring Dates:

Saturday, February 20, 2016-Saturday, March 19, 2016

Saturday, June 4, 2016

9:00AM-5:00 PM

This  one-day  retreat  is designed  to  help women  hurting  from  past  abortions experience the personal love of Christ and find hope for healing. It will offer a loving and confidential environment to:

  • hear stories of post abortion healing
  • share Scriptural stories of Christ’s healing love
  • spend quiet time in prayer before God
  • receive Sacramental Reconciliation (Confession) and the great gift of Christ in the Eucharist

Sponsored by the Project Rachel Ministry of the Archdiocese of Boston. Location is confidential. Requested donation of $10 to cover lunch cost. Pre-registration is required. Limited to 10 participants. For more information, contact Project Rachel at (508) 651-3100 or e-mail help@projectrachelboston.com.